In the mid 1980’s the men of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church organized, planned and executed programs to enhance professional and personal relationships among the male gender.
The men organized a barbeque for the men and boys within the community to break down the walls between the young and the young-at-heart. This was a valiant attempt to foster a long-lasting and indestructible bond between the adult males, teenagers and young boys of our community.
This event was organized by the men of Mt. Moriah under the leadership of Dr. Harvey L. Riley. Therewith, the summer BBQ became an annual event held under a majestic oak tree.
Lending a helping hand to every person regardless of race or gender was the trademark. Mr. Earl Gordon, Deacons Damon Hardison, and Willie Mapp were three of the pioneers who organized this event.
In 1993, the Summit of Seven emerged as a transformation of the annual barbeque into an incredible conference & workshop organized by Deacon Moses L. Harvin.
This event drew over 200 participants in its first year of operation.
Each male was challenged to bring seven other males with him to the Summit, hence the name “Summit of Seven”. Spiritually, seven means completeness.
There were several corporate sponsors such as American Services Technology, Brevard Community College, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Florida Power & Light Company, Parrish Medical Center, Hoyman, Dobson & Company, Engineering & Computers Simulations, Computer Sciences Raytheon, Harris Corporation, Florida Institute of Technology, and several other corporations and concerned citizens.
The Summit has attracted prestigious guest speakers such as Congressman James L. Clyburn of South Carolina; Dr. Henry Tisdale, President Claflin University.
Our other distinguished guests were Dr. James Drake, President Brevard Community College, James Weeks, Attorney at Law, Judge Glenda Hatchett and Ms. Lucille O’Neal the mother of one of professional sports’ most beloved stars, Shaquille O’Neal.
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